Jamia Millia Islamia to receive Foreign Donations

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Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has received a green light from the Ministry of Home Affairs  to accept foreign funding. A statement released from the university states that the ministry has exempted it from all provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and therefore there is no bar on the university receiving or spending foreign contributions.

According to the Deccan Herald news, in August, there were media reports stating that  Jamia Millia Islamia’s registration along with many other organizations with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). But the university has cleared that it gave a report of its returns to the government. JMI represented to the MHA that the university had submitted the returns diligently included and gave proof for the same. As per the Government of India Gazette Notification dated July 1, 2011, all statutory Bodies having their accounts audited through Comptroller & Auditor General of India are exempt from all provisions of the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act (FCRA).

The ministry scrapped the FCRA registration for 4,139 top educational institutions, including many premier institutes, disallowing them from accepting foreign donations. The ministry said the institutions had “failed to submit satisfactory supporting documents” of the fund usage.